Every week, it’s so inspiring to see the wealth of wisdom and knowledge that is shared using the Internet every day. So, every Friday we round up a few of our favorite items – photos, videos, articles, quotes and blog-posts – in the hopes that you will be as encouraged and inspired by them as we are.

Around Valentine’s Day, we tend to focus on just romantic relationships, in particular those that lead to chocolates and roses. But what are the most important relationships in our lives? How can we foster love: in our marriages, our relationship with God, our singleness, our careers, or in any other relational aspect of our lives? This week’s assemblage of posts endeavors to answer that question, or at least give us some things to think about as we interact with others.

Everyday God: Grocery Shopping

In this post, Susan offers a great admonition for growing our relationship with God: “Despite how busy the process of preparing for, completing, and unpacking grocery shopping might seem to you, commit to using it as a time to talk with God, trusting him for peace even in the chaotic moments and listening to his guidance in the mundane.” Check out the rest of the post here.

Is Love Supposed to be Fair?

My marriage is not and has never been fair, but it is worth fighting for and it does hold beauty that cannot be denied.” Wise words for anyone who is married or contemplating marriage! To read the remainder of the post click here.

How a Mentor will Change Your Life

“A lot of people have clarity of vision for their life, but they lack the relational engagement needed to see the full extent of the vision. A mentor provides added perspective. You have blind spots—areas in life that you struggle to navigate well.” To finish reading click here.

How can you ask for a mentoring relationship this week, either as mentor or mentee?

In this video, Ed shares how he renewed his relationship with Jesus after losing both his health and his life-long career. What is keeping you from a deep relationship with God?

I Don’t Think God Has a Plan for my Love Life

In this post, Emily is vulnerable about the pain of singleness, and the God who is with her, no matter how her romantic future turns out.

“See, people tend to talk about God having a plan like it’s linear and like it’s going to get better as it goes along. When this conversation plays out, singleness is a ‘stage’ or ‘season’ preparing me for some sort of glorious future that involves marriage.” Finish reading here.

Do you believe that God can use you and your relationships for His glory, whether you are married or single?

Check out an earlier Take Five Post here.